Elixir added to PBM group purchasing program.

Right Direction gets a face-lift.


UnitedHealthcare added as preferred medical provider.


Reached $1 billion in pharmacy spend


New headquarters opened in Canton, Ohio


Produced first Employers Health & Wealth Administrator Workshop, designed to increase awareness of laws, rules, regulations and recent changes in employee benefit plans.


Celebrated 30th anniversary!

Hosted 15th Annual Employer Symposium.


Right Direction, an initiative to address depression in the workplace, was formed


Added second PBM offering, SXC Health Solutions, which was renamed Catamran Corporation and shortly thereafter acquired by UnitedHealth Group and now operates as OptumRx.


Dropped “Ohio” from name to establish organization as a national coalition.

Added preferred medical vendor, Aetna to group purchasing offerings.


Merged with Employer Healthcare Alliance, Cincinnati, OH.


Hosted a first-of-its-kind Symposium on Health Care Policy Reform in partnership with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio and Schottenstein Zox & Dunn, in Columbus, OH.


Columbus, Ohio office opened.


Launched Know Your Numbers, an initiative outlining the numbers individuals should know to control and maintain good health.

Celebrated 25th Anniversary!


Moved to new Canton Office.

Implemented a Diabetes Physician Recognition Program (DPRP) through Bridges to Excellence.


Launched Control Your Diabetes for Life, a multimedia effort aimed at improving the quality of diabetes care management


Published first Consumer Guide to Hospital Quality (which ultimately was published for 5 consecutive years).


Akron/Canton Diabetes Collaborative established.


Launched Refuse to Misuse, an antibiotic resistance awareness campaign


Caremark and iScribe collaborate with EHPCO to introduce area physicians to electronic prescribing


Employers Health Purchasing Corporation of Ohio (EHPCO) established as a subsidiary of The Community Healthcare Coalition to facilitate purchasing programs and data measurement initiatives


Began group purchasing for pharmacy benefits with CVS Health


Name changed to The Community Healthcare Coalition


Christopher Goff becomes 3rd Executive Director of The Stark County Health Care Coalition.

Professional Claims Management, Incorporated, together with insurance Dentists of America, were selected to develop a managed dental program.

Managed Health Network selected at Behavioral Health Vendor following extensive RFP process.


Entered into an agreement with Medco Containment Services to provide prescription drug services to participating companies.

Embarked upon a historic process of cooperative purchasing in four different areas. The first two projects were a capitated dental program and a prescription drug program. The plan was to be operational by January 1995. Cooperative purchasing for managed mental health services and chiropractic care were to be considered after additional study.


The 10 year milestone anniversary for The Stark County Health Care Coalition!

Four member organizations participated in the JPP with Doctors Hospital.


Five member organizations participated in the JPP (Joint Purchasing Program) during the first year (1991). Timken Mercy Medical Center opted not to participate in the program for year two.

As a fully insured product line of Nationwide Life Insurance Company, The Basic Health Plan had 194 employees enrolled in the plan, with 445 covered lives. The Basic Plan continued to offer self-employed and small business a cost-effective health benefit plan.


A JPP (Joint Purchasing Program) was implemented January 1, 1991 with Doctors Hospital and Timken Mercy Medical Center that included special rates for health care services provided by these two local hospitals.

Grant funding for the Health Care for the Uninsured ended June 30, 1991. A total of 118 employees with 137 dependents, equaling 255 covered lives were protected under the plan. Discussions took place to identify an insurance company that could assume The Basic Plan into its product line and was assumed as a fully insured product of National Life Insurance Company July 1, 1991.


Formalized a PPA (Preferred Provider Agreement) with one hospital.

Launched The Basic Health Plan of Greater Stark County to provide access to health care coverage for uninsured workers. Support and participation of four hospitals in Stark County: Doctors Hospital, Timken Mercy Medical Center, Massillon Community, and Alliance Community. Affiliated with the Ohio Health Choice Plan network of physicians. Professional Claims Management became the third-party administrator.


Received a grant for $750K from the Ohio Department of Health for the Stark County Health Care for the Uninsured Worker Project. The grant funding was for two years.

One of 10 associate founding members of the National Business Coalition Forum aka National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions


C.A.Re.S. Project suspended due to lack of available grant funding.

Established a committee of business and community leaders to solidify and continue work to address the Uninsured.

Continued significant participation and leadership in the Northeast Ohio Wellness Committee.


Continued participation in community, regional and statewide health planning activities.

Aggressive membership expansion program to broaden base in the community.

Virginia Neutzling, R.N., M.Ed. named second Executive Director for the organization.


Began work to provide access to health care coverage to Uninsured and Underinsured in the community.

The C.A.Re.S. Project (Community Alternatives to Reduce Cost Shifting Program) continues as a main focus area for the organization


Founded the Community Health Care Advisory Committee


Stark County Health Care Coalition, dedicated to the containment of health care costs in Stark County, was established in 1983 by nine of the county’s largest employers. William Wilson, Executive Secretary of the Stark County Foundation, and the chief executive officers of Controlled Power Corporation, Diebold, Inc. The Hoover Company, Nationwide Insurance Company, Ohio Power Company, Sugardale Foods, Inc. The Timken Company, Unimet, and White Engines, Inc., realizing the need for an effective cost control program, facilitated the formation of the Coalition.

In its initial year, the Coalition was comprised of 25 companies, representing over 20,000 employees.

Martha DuShaw, Ph.D. was the founding Executive Director.